Black isn’t normally a color that comes to mind when the subjects of florals and botanicals are being discussed, but noir was the most powerful hue in flourishing products that caught our attention during High Point Market. Here are a few examples of our favorite dark beauties.
Currey & Company Taylor Chair
We spotted the Currey & Company Taylor chair in the manufacturer’s showroom, the rounded backs swathed in black blossoms entwined with pale taupe tones. The exaggerated shape of its balloon back is already dramatic but upholstered in this particular fabric, it’s even more so. It’s no surprise that the company’s VP of Creative Cecil Adams, who heads up the upholstery program, concentrated his college courses around fashion, as his talent with detailing shows in the products he actualizes for Market twice each year. Kudos on this fabric choice, Cecil!
Denise McGaha Debuts New Line at Design Legacy
Denise McGaha’s first collection of wallpaper, textiles and pillows debuted this Market, the Dallas-based designer called the collaboration with Design Legacy’s Kelly O’Neal an ode to her Southern roots in Texas. Denise calls the effort “a natural evolution,” adding, “Visual imagery is always a source of inspiration for me so when Kelly and I began this collaboration, I came with files of photos, patterns and colors all divided in themes — from Art Deco motifs, to profiles of insects, to bold graphic, to name a few.” The pattern shown knocked us out when we saw it during her debut. Called Belle, its stunning in this dark indigo colorway.
Aviva Stanoff's Elemental Beauty
Imagine how blown away we were by Aviva Stanoff's elemental beauty given this sampling of her nature-inspired artistry was on view in her stand. It's called Baby's Breath on Eve. Aviva explains, "It is our signature velvet into which we press baby's breath by hand. We do this one at a time and they are made to order. which means each one is unique, though we maintain continuity of color and pattern." Products made with this technique she developed are included in the decorative arts collection at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Tempaper’s Canopy Pattern in Prussian Blue
A celebration of the centuries-old Chinoiserie aesthetic, Canopy by Tempaper fuses old world nostalgia with modern design principles to create a print that exudes sophistication and elegance. Depicting a lush tropical scene that comes to life through the integration of bright, exotic blooms and rich hues, the mural-style paper transforms rooms into an accessible getaway. Available in a deep ruby red and a symphony of blues, Canopy will serve as an iconic focal point in a broad array of design styles.
Ambella Home Social Butterfly Chair
The Social Butterfly chair at Ambella Home intrigued us given the chairs (and walls) are upholstered in the manufacturer’s Paradise pattern in Ebony. This one-of-a-kind textile represents a floral and aviary wonderland. Made of 100% silk taffeta and woven in India, it is embroidered in multicolored yarn that makes it a work of art.
Bruce Andrews Design’s Laurence Chair
Included in the new Collection Esmé, the Laurence Chair debuted in the Bruce Andrews Design showroom during Market. The explosive flowers on the seat and back cushions are all the more powerful due to the deep black background of the fabric. Bruce surrounded the deep tones with pale pink velvet, covering the legs in the fabric as well—a very nice touch if we may say so ourselves!
Bernhardt Does Florals Unexpectedly
How do florals on casegoods qualify for this review of High Point? Just look at the stunning Bernhardt Evie Chest looking buoyant against the dark wall in the photograph above and we doubt you’ll argue that this vignette qualifies as dark beauty! Shown with the Mackenzie Upholstered king bed and Delta Ottomans, the chest is a veritable canvas for metal water lilies that bend and curve along the antiqued mirror on the chest to call to mind the Art Nouveau movement.
Jackie von Toble at Left Bank Art
Jackie von Tobel had a number of floral works of art with dynamic black backgrounds on view at Left Bank Art during Market. The detail of the composition above featuring a charismatic cockatoo surrounded by winsome flowers was one of our picks among the luscious creations being shown. You can see other strong designs on the art section of her site and on her Instagram profile.
Jaipur Living Gramercy by Kate Spade
The Gramercy by Kate Spade New York is a hand-tufted rug by Jaipur Living in a blend of wool and art silk that represents a study in asymmetry given the beautiful bouquet seems to be casually tossed to the side. The array of primary colors wandering across the surface of the carpet pops from the dark background to bring a playful spirit to this creation.
Michelle Workman at French Heritage
Serving as a composed pop of color for the Facet Collection at the French Heritage showroom, Michelle Workman created this floral tableau, which was photographed by Caitlin Vincent and printed on large-format acrylic panels by Shutterfly. Leave it to the inventive designer who is known for a fearless approach to color to come up with such a kicky way to heighten the drama in a space!
Dark Florals at Norwalk Furniture
It wasn’t hard to miss the dark florals in the Norwalk Furniture showroom as swaths of surfaces were exploding with them. The paleness of the blooms against the dark background on the wall in this bedroom vignette was one of the most dramatic chiaroscuro effects we saw during Market.
Along with the panel discussion led by Gary Inman in the Currey & Company showroom discussing “What’s Old is New” in relation to antiques in contemporary interiors, and Denise McGaha’s Design Legacy launch, our other favorite happening was the coming together of the creative brilliance of Aviva Stanoff and Jana Platina Phipps, who transformed this sofa from plain to picturesque during the Fashion Snoops Innovation Square at the Norwalk showroom. Aviva painted the piece and Jana, aka TrimQueen, finessed the piece with trim. The end result, shown above, proves how the simplest of designs can pack a punch with the right minds enlivening it! [And thanks for the terrific image of Jana, Fashion Snoops.]
Did you see any dark beauties during High Point that you’d like to share with us?